Many companies are beginning to allow different types of working environments which can include anything from telecommuting, working four 10-hour days or even bringing your dog to work! Having an animal at work can have many benefits including lowering stress, increasing employee morale and even allowing owners to get up from their desks to enjoy a few minutes of sunshine when they take their dogs to the bathroom. However, bringing dogs to work isn't without potential complications, but by being aware and proactive it should be easy to get yourself, your dog and your co-workers acclimated so that it's an enjoyable experience for all!

 

Some of the most important tips are to make sure your dog is housebroken, healthy and up-to-date on his or her shots. Ensuring that they are in good health is important in general but especially when they are around other dogs. If your dog is territorial or whines or barks frequently, it may be best to have them stay at home until they are older or broken of those habits. It makes for a difficult office environment if your dog is disruptive or can't get along with other dogs. Allowing dogs to meet on neutral ground can help if there are conflicts between dogs or if one or more dogs are territorial. Bringing one of your dog's favorite beds can help to make them feel safe and comfortable. It can also be helpful to section off an area with baby gates to give your dog their own space that they can stay if they want to sleep or just aren't up to playing with other dogs in the office. Bringing your dog's favorite toy may seem like a good idea, but it can also make them even more territorial, so sometimes leaving that at home is a better idea.

 

If your dog is nervous they likely will exhibit signs such as shaking or putting their tail between their legs. If this happens then it may be a good idea to re-evaluate. Perhaps your dog doesn't get along with other dogs in the office? Or maybe they just really need their own area? If this isn't resolved by cornering off an area for them and doesn't get better with time, it may be a good idea to have a schedule of when each dog comes to the office. This makes it a more enjoyable experience for you and your dog as well as any co-workers that bring their dogs to the office. Communication is definitely key in bringing your animal to work, with open communication many problems can be solved and your workplace can be a happy place!

 

Do you bring your dog to work? Have you ever had any problems?